Contrary to the expectations of many and the hope of us all, the coronavirus pandemic has not disappeared as we approach the end of summer 2020. We understand that many members will be unable or unwilling to attend in-person meetings under these circumstances. Neither are we confident that meeting venues can successfully host safe, “socially distanced” meetings. Finally, we know that the uncertainties of our current era are taking a toll on both members and staff. With those factors in mind and out of an abundance of caution, the Senior Officers have decided that PBA will not conduct in-person meetings for the remainder of 2020. Given that winter is both a challenging travel time and the time of year when contagion is often worst, the Officers have also made the difficult decision to conduct PBA’s winter 2021 meetings virtually as well. The Officers acted with the intent of informing the members and allowing you to plan with as much notice as possible.
Make no mistake. We are not cancelling any meetings. We are still planning to conduct all of our regularly scheduled meetings. We are just going to do so in a virtual manner.
We look forward to a time when we can return to in-person meetings, welcoming handshakes and unmasked interaction. We sincerely hope that such a time arrives sooner rather than later. In the meantime, PBA will host each of its fall regional meetings via Zoom or conference call. The 2020 fall board meeting will take place the final week of October just as we had planned. However, all the committee meetings will be conducted via Zoom and/or Zoom webinar. In the coming days, we will provide you with information on the precise schedule of events for the fall. We were pleased with the success of our virtual summer events and we anticipate following a similar schedule. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to the PBA staff or Senior Officers if you have questions, concerns or suggestions for how to improve things.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Stay well and continue to exhibit the persistence and strength of PBA’s membership.
Dan Durden, CEO
Pennsylvania Builders Association